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Sd.Kfz.234/4 Pakwagen - Plastic
The heavy eight wheeled armored car, the Sd.Kfz.234/2 «Puma»,
was one of the finest technical developments of World War II. Apart
from the basic model, intended in the first place for conducting forward
reconnaissance, and also for infantry support, various other versions
of this armored car were designed. The final model of this armored
car to be put into series production was the Sd.Kfz.234/4.
the German Army found itself on the verge of catastrophe. The War's
victory laurels had long since turned to thorns for the Third Reich,
and the main objectives of the Germans became those of defense. In
order to counter the Soviet armies' numerical advantage in armored
cars, it was decided to set the PaK-40 75 mm cannon, which had a formidable
combat reputation, onto a few of the most suitable chassis for it,
including that of the Sd.Kfz.234. The wheels were removed for this
purpose, and the cannon was fitted into the open upper part of the
car's armored body.
In tests the Sd.Kfz.234/4 showed an insufficient
ability to conduct an effective fight - first of all for its too narrow
sector of fire, and then for its limited number of rounds (there were
only 36); but in general this particular model appeared to be mobile
enough, and it was decided to begin series production at the Büssing-NAG
plant at the end of 1944. By April 1945, when Germany's arms industry
appeared on the verge of complete collapse because of continuous Allied
bombing raids, only 89 of the Sd.Kfz.234/4 had been produced.
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